Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre, Newcastle
Client: Maggies’s Cancer Caring Centres
Architect: Cullinan Studio
Lighting design: Speirs + Major
Landscape Architect: Sarah Price Landscapes
Maggies Cancer Caring Centres are drop-in centres where people, including patients, friends and family can get the comprehensive support they need to help them to live with, through and beyond cancer. The centre in Newcastle, designed by the Cullinan Studio, opened in May 2013, just a short walk from the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC) at Freeman Hospital.
Speirs + Major’s design for the lighting creates a welcoming, domestic ambience that is a deliberate contrast to clinical hospital environments. They were also tasked with achieving a BREEAM excellent rating, and all on a tight budget largely funded by charity donations.
The design of the lighting is varied in light intensity and flexible in control. Wall mounted luminaires, low-level task lights, alcove lighting, and pendants in warm white provide both the functional and accent lighting. These layers of light create a pleasant, homely environment and complement the timber finishes. Local lighting control provides visitors with the opportunity to adjust the lighting to suit their individual preferences.
Finding the right products to deliver the right atmosphere, as well as meeting the energy targets and budgetary constraints was a major challenge for designer Clementine Fletcher-Smith.
She selected acdc’s HURRICANE 50 LED downlights to use at the entrance, filling the area with soft warm light and create an inviting first impression. These downlights feature a similar light output to low voltage halogen, creating the required level of domesticity with their minimal design and warm colour, while meeting the BREEEAM requirements in terms of efficiency. The HURRAINE 50 is adjustable to 35 degrees, allowing the designers the flexibility to tune the final effect.
For the bookshelves alcoves, another fitting from the acdc HURRICAINE family was specified. The HURRICAINE 35 features an output comparable to 35W halogen, creates an accent in the alcove void and allowing the visitors to clearly see the book titles on offer.
Outside, the wall recessed acdc ECLIPSE LED luminaire has been used to light the exterior steps, selected for it’s incredibly compact form and the smooth eyelid design that minimizes glare for added safety.
The finished building is everything the architect’s envisioned – a calm, warm and flexible space that facilitates the support of those experiencing a difficult time in their lives. In testament to this, Maggie’s Newcastle was awarded two architectural honours in 2014 – the RIBA North East Award 2014 and the RIBA North East Sustainability Award 2014.